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Cats in the NFL - Preseason Week 3

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Maybe the biggest news for this week is the signing of Glenn Pakulak by the San Diego Chargers. Pakulak who was a fan favorite at UK for his ability to lay a hit as much as for his booming leg. Glenn won the Mosi Tatupu Award as a senior at UK which is given to the nation's best special teams player, but has not been able to lock down a steady job in the NFL. Last season, he punted in just two games for Washington and saw action in eight games in 2008 for New Orleans. The Chargers most likely won't keep Pakulak because they already have Mike Scifres who has punted in San Diego for the last seven years, but he should see extensive duty in their final preseason game which could lead to another team signing the former Cat.

Speaking of punters, many Wildcat fans saw Tim Masthay boom a punt against the Colts last Thursday on national television. Masthay is battling Chris Bryan for the Packers punting job and Tim appears to have the upper leg with one preseason game left. The Green Bay Gazette reported that Masthay averaged 59.8 yards on six punts in a special teams practice on Sunday.

The biggest surprise continues to be Micah Johnson. Many Wildcat fans were shaking their heads when Micah went undrafted in April. Now it looks like the Miami Dolphins might agree. Johnson was signed then released by the New York Giants earlier this summer. The Dolphins signed Johnson in early August, and now it appears he could make the final roster. Johnson is the second-leading tackler for the Dolphins in the preseason with ten tackles in three games. The Dolphins will most likely have to carry an extra inside linebacker with Channing Crowder currently battling a mysterious injury.

Johnny Williams has also been a pleasant surprise for the Denver Broncos. Williams was signed just two days before the Broncos first preseason game and has impressed ever since. Williams still needs to have a big game in his final preseason game against Minnesota on Thursday. If Williams does make the roster, he will join Wesley Woodyard in the Broncos linebacker core.

Trevard Lindley registered his first interception as a pro against Kansas City on Friday. He finished the game with three tackles, an assist, and two pass breakups. Lindley has spent most of the final week of preseason practice running with the Eagles second-team defense. Fellow former Cat, Zipp Duncan, was released by the Eagles on Sunday.
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Jeremy Jarmon might be looking for a new team after this week. Jarmon seems to be the victim of a coaching/scheme change. Jarmon impressed in his rookie season but is fighting an uphill battle after being asked to move to linebacker and then back to defensive end.

Alfonso Smith saw the most playing time he has seen all preseason for the Cardinals. Alfonso registered 4 carries for 10 yards, but had a long carry of nine yards. Smith also returned one kickoff for 27 yards.

John Conner has had just one carry and one rush this preseason but has already entrenched himself as the Jets fullback of the future.

Steve Johnson was promoted to first-team at the start of the preseason, but Johnson has struggled a bit in his new role. Johnson has just four catches in three games and is averaging just seven yards a catch. Jacob Tamme failed to register a catch last week after scoring touchdowns in his first two games.

Injured Cats:
Corey Peters suffered a sprained knee a week ago, but is expected to be fine for the start of the regular season in Atlanta. Keenan Burton also is banged up. Keenan had four catches against the Patriots but will sit out the Rams final preseason game. Myron Pryor sat out Monday's practice for the Patriots but returned on Tuesday. Myron had one tackle and three assists against the Rams and is expected to play in the Patriots final preseason game.

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